Ransome, Norwich: A Small Fusee Bracket Clock
An attractive, small Regency rosewood bracket clock which has an eight-day duration fusee timepiece movement. The round five-inch convex painted dial has black Roman numerals with blued steel moon hands, a cast brass bezel and is signed by the maker Hy Ransome, Norwich.
The rosewood case has brass inlay to the front with a crown set within the curved top and has brass ball feet.
Height: 12½ inches (31.75cms)
Henry Ransome came from a well-known family of Norfolk clockmakers who it is known voted Tory in 1830 & 35 and was made a Freeman of the City of Norwich. He was also a jeweller and working optician with premises in Bridewell Alley where, it is recorded in 1837, he supplied hair plaits for rings, brooches, etc and repaired jewellery.
His wife’s death was reported in October 1832 after a long illness. By 1854 he had moved to Bridge Street, St Andrew.
Henry had a son James who was also a clock and watchmaker in Bridge Street from at least 1854. Previous members of the family included the makers Thomas & Robert Ransome who are recorded as working near the Red Well where it is known they had a foundry that they would boast could supply Dial Plates, Rings, Bells and every Article of Clockwork, which are determined to sell on equal terms with any house in London or Birmingham. (March 1781).
Robert Ransome moved to Ipswich and founded the well-known ironmongery business Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies that is still operating today.